I understand why the police use red light cameras. And I understand why people don’t like them
Police use red light cameras because they generate revenue through fines. They don’t use them because they’re a deterrent. They aren’t. I don’t believe most people deliberately run red lights, and if the few who do aren’t deterred by the risk to their lives, the threat of being photographed dying won’t impress them much.
Citizens, on the other hand, don’t like red light cameras because they don’t want to be fined. They complain that the cameras are an invasion of their privacy. I don’t buy that because I grew up in a small town, and as such I understand that privacy is a myth. Also, if you want to keep something you’re doing private, you probably won’t do it while driving through an intersection.